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I am an ULTRA-NEWB. so please don't give me answers like chmod 777 and expect that I know what it will mean. lol.
I know that if it's Microsoft related i should go post in General but i need some dumbied down help.
My friend set my system up for me, told me how to do basic stuff.
I have a dual-boot (Lilo) for XP pro, and linux26 (Slackware, Kernel 2.6.13)
My kernel has been recompiled a few times to accomadate my sound and my AMD 64 processor.
My first problem is: I can't write to the fat32 partition on my drive unless I am root. this wouldn't be a big deal if my vid card didn't suck (RADEON X800 XL, system crashes when I run 2 GUI's and go to switch between them). I need to know how to give my normal user "alex" permission to write to this partition which I have mounted apperantly as read only to /XP/C: it isn't my xp drive, don't worry i know NOT TO WRITE TO NTFS. my ntfs drive is /XP/F:
I plan to post a bunch more of my questions but baby-steps! lol
if you need to know anything about my system just ask.
Here's the problem: the FAT32 disk format does not have Unix permission-bits. This filesystem has no concept of a file "owner," no real security of any kind, and no place to save the information if you did want to set/change it. So, the filesystem driver in Unix has to "fake" something. And basically what it has to come up with is "either/or" ... either the guy who requested the mount is the only one who can use the drive, or everyone can use the drive. It's not a deficiency of Linux, but of a disk-format that is being pressed into a service for which it was never designed.
thanks to all... I used the umask=0 in my fstab and that did the trick. I am the only user on the linux side of my system so I don't have to worry about another linux user getting in. although, would the umask=0 create any network security issues?